Performative exploration Pavilion

Performative exploration Pavilion

New York, United States
Project Year
Francisco Suarez


AL BORDE as Architects

Clients are interested in doing a research about elements of the ancestral tradition of Kichwa de Rukullakta town in Ecuadorian Amazon. The information obtained from the research, will support an action research process that seeks the transfer of Amazonian world view to expressions applied to theater, dance and performance.

After winning a grant fund of the Ecuador´s Ministry of Culture, clients can support his research. The initial phase of the workshop will be developed in the client´s rural property at Atahualpa. The limited resources available and a rectangular concrete platform at the property, makes a warehouse structure covered with polycarbonate sheets, the client´s first choice. Before starting the two months investigation in Rukullacta Amazon community, researchers want the workshop space solved, where the process of practical investigation will be done, in his return. Instead of taking sides for or against the suggested option, we decided to talk to the researchers about the scope of the project, especially of the mentioned space, and we understand that at the time they hasn’t joined the necessary elements for this to be determined, clients just know that after the immersion in the community, they will have information to work with at the workshop. Even in the workshop process clients think they will not have a clear awareness of what they´ll need. Researches see the project as a constant building process rather than a final goal. This uncertainty clearly defines the needs of the space and becomes the engine of the design process. The undefined kind of research to be done in the practical process might increase the influence of the space into the activity; we were concerned that the shed might prejudge the workshop development. The platform floor plan forms orthogonal hierarchies to the user. The circle, on the other hand, helps to create a neutral environment, without hierarchies, where the movement is influenced as little as possible, which benefits the experimentation.

Within the project were provided three stages in different places: The Rukullacta research, the practical process development in Atahualpa, and the presentations of the results at different locations around the country. We find the final design variable, the space should be transportable, thus making use of scarce resources and multiply their functionality, the workspace will become the performance space. Answering to the need for transportation and easy assembly, the design seeks to reduce the frame elements to the minimum. A twelve piles tension system structures the space.

Influenced by Lerzy Grotowski’s poor theatre, the proposal tends to minimize the additional elements the researchers work with, so we understand that the horizontal limit must not be transgressed, just high enough to work. It should be easy to transport, easy to setup and work as sunlight diffuser. On the contrary, vertical limit should maximize the versatility of the space and avoid prejudge the investigation. It creates a blurred line, austere and neutral as a penetrable barrier to insulate-integrate the environment depending on requirements. When the work on site started, is discovered that it needs an open side. The flexibility of the project can respond to this approach without altering it.

Clients and designers working without bias allowed a free approach to the project, opened the possibilities and provided to the whole. The architectural space is included within the proposed methodology as an important variable in the research process.

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